O'Dowd talks USC visit

USC had six of the most highly sought after recruits in the country and Kristofer O'Dowd was one of two stars from Arizona to visit. The other was five-star defensive end, Eerson Griffen.

O'Dowd previously visited USC for its Junior Day in April and again in June for the Rising Seniors Camp.

His latest visit provided him another opportunity to speak with the coaches, players and fellow recruits. O'Dowd previously became friendly with a few of the Trojan's recruits and this weekend was almost like a reunion with guys like James Wilson and Everson Griffen. And this visit allowed him to experience game day at the Coliseum with USC facing its longtime rival, Notre Dame.

"It was a little more hectic this time," O'Dowd said. "There was such a big game and coaches did a lot to get one-on-one time. That's what we spent today (Nov. 26) on. It was a fun game and a great environment--it was just great being there."

Ryan Kalil was O'Dowd's host for the weekend and he had an opportunity to pick his brain. O'Dowd discussed what his thoughts were on the Trojan's center, how he spent his time and what was talked about.

"I think he's a great guy," O'Dowd said. "He has his priorities straight and if I was to go there, he's the guy they want me to replace. After the game we went back to Ryan's (Kalil) place and talked. There wasn't really anything going on because it was Thanksgiving weekend and everyone was gone. So, I just picked his brain to try and see if SC was the place for me."

Besides O'Dowd and Griffen, the Trojans had four other official visitors for the Notre Dame game. Marvin Austin, Martez Wilson, James Wilson and Terrance Toliver.

"I talked to Marvin Austin a little bit, the usual guys like James Wilson and Everson Griffen, but I know them real well," O'Dowd said. "I got to know Marvin a little bit because I'm probably going to be playing against him at the Army All-American Bowl. It was just fun to meet new people."

With O'Dowd arriving on Saturday because of other priorities at hand, he spent a bit more time on Sunday than the other recruits.

"I was the only one (who stayed later on Sunday)," O'Dowd said. "Everyone else left between 12 and 1 pm, so I stuck around, talked with the coaches and watched film." O'Dowd said he spent a lot of quality time with the Trojan's coaching staff.

O'Dowd hasn't said much recently about committing, but it appears that will happen well before signing-day.

"I'm think about doing that next two to three weeks," O'Dowd said. "I kind of want to get that off my shoulders, you know?"

O'Dowd mentioned four schools he's considering.

"I'm looking at USC, Arizona, UCLA and Tennessee," O'Dowd said. He was asked how USC was looking. "They're looking good. I mean, I had a good time and it's definitely one of the schools I've been fortunate to see multiple times. I'm trying to give other schools an opportunity, like Arizona, which I've seen a bunch of times, UCLA, which I've seen once and I'll see again this weekend.

"Tennessee is kind of the school that's out because I've only seen it once. But when I was there, it was pretty fun. I'm trying to give every school and equal opportunity, then I have to make my decision based off what's best for me."

What are the qualities in a school and football program that he's looking for?

"Well, definitely academics comes first," O'Dowd said. "There's more to life than football. Other than that, I like a program where I get along real well with the offensive line coach because he'll be a big part of my life in college and college career. Relationships between the players is also a big factor. I've been able to meet with a couple guys who are looking at the same schools I am. It's good to have a relationship with the offensive line because they're like your brothers."

We should add that O'Dowd was really soaking in the sights and sounds. Brian Matthews, who was sitting a few rows behind him, said he was taking pictures at Trojan Walk, pictures of the student section and the game.


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